Local Food Dishes That We Can't Get Enough Of 

Avid foodies, let’s appreciate our favourite local dishes!   

Malaysia is a country famous for its multiracial society that is filled with Malay, Chinese, Indians and other minorities. The diverse society in Malaysia makes many tourists from abroad interested to hop on a plane for a holiday to visit our beautiful country that is packed with culture and really good food. It is certainly not surprising that our nation consists of various types of food that can be enjoyed together. With that said, here’s a list of some local dishes that represents the culture of Malaysia. 

Nasi Lemak 

This is one of our favourite local dishes and without a doubt, it is the food of a nation. Be it breakfast, lunch, dinner or even supper — it’s the best comfort food that we crave all the time. Nasi Lemak consists of fragrant coconut rice alongside a full boiled egg, roasted peanuts, fried anchovies, cucumber slices and fried chicken. Not forgetting the spicy sambal that adds a kick to the dish.

On top of that, some of us like to add side dishes to our Nasi Lemak such as udang or sotong sambal or the ever delicious rendang.

Roti Jala & Chicken Curry

Roti Jala is a type of net-like dish that is typically eaten with chicken curry as a tea time snack. To make this dish, all you would really need is some flour, eggs, milk and turmeric (that helps to add a dose of colour). At times, you would probably confuse it with string hoppers however it is quite different as the roti jala is usually made flat with just one layer and later folded up like a crepe.


Meat on a stick? Who can say no to that? These local grilled skewers are available anywhere at any time but the best ones always come from food stalls. Not only is the meat juicy and tender, but the marination of it is what counts the most especially when you can taste that subtle hint of lemongrass towards the end. 

To complement the meat, it is served with a flavourful peanut sauce that elevates the whole dish together. 

Asam Laksa

Another staple dish would be this tangy and fiery hot fish-based noodle dish that we all know as the Asam Laksa. Consisting of noodles or vermicelli, the dish is served with a spicy-sour fish broth alongside some fresh mackerel fish, lettuce, pineapple, cucumber and chilli. It is has a combination of all flavours: sweet, spicy, sour and even umami. 

Most of the time, people do try to make the dish at home but it can never be the same as the ones from your favourite hawker stalls. It’s certainly a dish that we can never resist. 

Curry Mee

The Curry Mee is a flavorful and unique dish made from a combination of both Chinese and Indian cuisine. The broth is made from curry spices mixed with coconut milk, chilli paste, dried tofu, shrimp, chicken, lemongrass and mint leaves.

This dish has become a favourite of many regardless of race and is easily available at local restaurants. The delicious curry can be eaten with noodles, kuey teow or vermicelli and packs a punch when you have some chilli paste on the side. 

Char Kuey Teow

One thing we learned from Uncle Roger is that if you’re going to cook a Chinese fried dish, it definitely has to give that mouthwatering “wok hei” aroma. Nothing is complete until you get that complex smoky flavour out of your Char Kuey Teow. Typically served with shrimps, cockles, bean sprouts, eggs and a sprinkle of spring onions on top — this dish is the perfect comfort food for all Malaysians. 

It’s also the perfect dish to start off your day.

Mee Goreng Mamak

Mee Goreng Mamak is another basic yet delicious dish. Usually, it can be found at any local restaurants however the ones at the Mamak is still the best. These Mamak fried noodles are usually mixed with slices of chicken or meat, chilli, mustard, bean sprouts, eggs, onions, tomatoes, soy sauce and so on. Although the dish could be a tad bit dry, the flavours on the other hand are unquestionably on point. 

Ais Kacang

Ais Kacang or also known as Ais Batu Campur (ABC) is our Malaysian version of a Bingsu. What started off as a simply shaved iceball doused with rose syrup, is now a popular local dessert that has been evolved to a little ice mountain with lots more toppings. On top, the shaved ice is drizzled on with some coloured syrups, condensed milk and gula Melaka whilst the inside of it is where you get the hidden treasures — creamed corn, peanuts, grass jelly, red beans and cendol. It’s simple yet it is undeniably good especially during the sunny weather. 


Rojak is a traditional salad that contains a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. It is usually served with a lot of shrimp paste, although it might not be suitable for some people who can not stand the fishy taste. Locally, there are two popular ones that most of us tend to go for these days and that is the Fruit Rojak and the Pasembur

The fruit rojak usually contains slices of cucumber, pineapple, sengkuang, bean sprouts and fried tofu whilst the gravy is usually made with belacan, water, sugar, lemon juice, chilli and some ground peanuts. Whereas the Pasembur variant which is also known as Mamak rojak or is served with a thick spicy bean sauce. The content of this rojak includes boiled potatoes, boiled eggs, bean sprouts and cucumbers, tofu, fried cucur, fried shrimp or squid.

A staple meal that can be found in any restaurants, Mamakshops, food trucks and even at roadside stalls. So there you go, these are some of our favourite local dishes on a list and yes, it may not be all of ‘em but it is still our go-to comfort food that we do enjoy on a daily basis. Also if you were wondering, we at Perfect Match Catering do serve these tasty dishes under our Hawker Stall Buffet Menu. 

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